Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith was suspended for five games without pay by the NHL for elbowing Vancouver's Daniel Sedin in the head in a game Wednesday.
Elbow to Sedin’s head
gets Keith suspended
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith was suspended for five games without pay by the league Friday for elbowing Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin in the head.
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Keith lunged at Sedin in the neutral zone in the first period of Chicago’s 2-1 overtime victory Wednesday, hitting Sedin in the head. Sedin didn’t have the puck at the time.
Keith, 28, was given a minor penalty for elbowing. The suspension will cost him $149,688.
“We respect the league’s decision and move forward from this point on and try to renew a playoff position and secure the highest seeding possible,” Canucks assistant general manager Laurence Gilman said. “That being said, our priority, obviously, is Daniel’s health and well-being.”
Sedin, 31, missed the Canucks’ 2-1 victory Thursday night in Dallas because of a suspected concussion. He has 30 goals and 37 assists in 72 games this season. Of Sedin’s condition, Gilman said, “That’s not something we’re divulging to the public.”
Keith, the Norris Trophy winner as the league’s best defenseman two seasons ago, had a telephone hearing with league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.
“Regardless of Keith’s assertion that the intent on this play was to impede Sedin’s progress as opposed to a retaliation for an earlier hit, Keith’s hit was still dangerous, reckless and caused injury,” said Shanahan, adding he took into consideration Keith had not been suspended previously in his seven seasons.
Keith’s hit on Sedin came about five minutes after Sedin’s unpenalized check of Keith into the boards.
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